March 14, 2023
One of the central truths of the fiber arts is that if you start a lot of things all at once, sometimes you get to finish a lot of things all at once. That said, it's usually not two sweaters in a single week! Gartergan pictured above, details (along with the Pressed Flowers Cardi) below.
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The March color for the Pretty Pretty Yarn Club is Fresh Start, part of the first quarter theme celebrating beginnings! When I delivered mail, I used to take "first flower" photos this time of year, and this colorway really captures the particular eagerness of those first, early spring shoots poking through the soil.A few copies of Peggy Orenstein's new memoir, Unraveling, also turned up last week. (Her New York Times essay, The Revolutionary Power of a Skein of Yarn was linked in a blog post earlier this year.) From the fly leaf: "In this lively, funny memoir, Peggy Orenstein sets out to make a sweater from scratch--shearing, spinning, dyeing wool--and in the process discovers how we find our deepest selves through craft. Orenstein spins a yarn that will appeal to everyone." Eligible for Media Mail shipping, you can purchase a copy here.
After knitting four sleeves in a couple of weeks, is anyone surprised that my thoughts have turned to slipovers? I was auditioning patterns, and decided to make a Ravelry bundle with some of my faves...
The last sleeve of the Gartergan was smooth sailing, and I was able to pin it out to block on Saturday afternoon before heading home. The only hiccup was that when I pulled it out of its bath, I noticed one lonely stitch in the middle of the back that wasn't connected to any of its friends. Usually in a situation like that, it's been knit a row below, or the old stitch was split, but this one seems to have been an absolute whiff. I grabbed it with a locking marker, and once the sweater was dry, a tiny bit of duplicate stitching set things right. I used 4.7 skeins of The Fibre Co. Lore in the color Ambitious.
Pressed Flowers starred in all the drama last week (I didn't like the number of stitches I'd picked up for the button band), but behaved well at the end. There were a LOT of ends to weave in, but that can only be blamed on the knitter 🙃And even though it was a design variation (🤭🤭), I kind of like the flowers worked in garter stitch. Final yarn usage was 3.27 skeins of Lanas Light, and 3.82 skeins of Dulce for a size medium. If you like the look but need a smaller project commitment, take a look at the Pressed Flowers Cowl.
March 21, 2023
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